Shaw becomes Man City's record scorer in comfortable derby win

Bunny Shaw became Manchester City’s all-time leading scorer as her side eased to a 3-1 win over Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium to go top of the Women’s Super League.

Jess Park was the star of the Manchester derby scoring two first-half goals, her first in the league, before setting up Shaw’s landmark 68th strike for City to send them three points clear of Chelsea, who play West Ham on Sunday – live on Sky Sports.

United’s Hannah Blundell, fortunate to be on the pitch after avoiding a second booking in the first half, forced an own goal from Kerstin Casparij in the closing stages, but City held on to claim an important win in front of 40,086 fans.

United pushed hard late on but their hopes of securing Champions League football next season appear to be all but over with third-placed Arsenal six points clear having played a game less. City delivering another reminder of the gulf between the two clubs.

How City eased past Man Utd

ManCity's Jess Park celebrates scoring their second goal against Man Utd
Man City’s Jess Park celebrates scoring their second goal against Man Utd

City were dominant for most of the game but United made life awkward for the hosts early on and perhaps should have been ahead. Nikita Parris saw her effort turned around the post by City’s Khiara Keating 13 minutes in while Geyse fired wide soon after.

United should have been a player down less than 30 minutes in after Blundell followed up a booking for a high challenge on Mary Fowler with a late tackle on Shaw. Referee Abigail Byrne did not even award a foul for the second challenge – two minutes after the first.

City were then helped out by the officials for their opener with Shaw in an offside position in the build-up to Park’s first goal, a cushioned volley from the cross of Leila Ouahabi. United will wonder why the 22-year-old was afforded so much space in the box.

Team news

  • Man City: Chloe Kelly was on the bench for a third consecutive game, while Laia Aleixandri was injured in the warm up and replaced by Alanna Kennedy.
  • Man Utd: Geyse replaced Melvin Malard as Man Utd’s only change.

Shaw had the ball in the back of the net two minutes later but this time the officials called her correctly offside. Momentum had truly swung in City’s favour at this stage and it wasn’t long before the home crowd celebrated a second.

Park’s second goal came from a corner as she ghosted in at the back post to finish from close range. The 22-year-old delivering another strong performance in midfield, deputising for the injured Jill Roord.

It was the academy graduate that inspired City’s third goal as she set up Shaw for her landmark goal 31 seconds after the break with a sublime reverse pass after winning the ball back in United territory.

United were deflated for most of the second period, although once Casparij deflect Blundell’s cross into her own net there was a late surge from birthday boy Marc Skinner’s side. City though were worthy winners and put the pressure on Chelsea at West Ham on Sunday.

What’s next?

Man City continue their Women’s Super League title charge next Saturday when they travel to Liverpool for a 12.30pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports.

Up next for Man Utd is a home league game against Everton at Leigh Sports Village on March 31; kick-off 12pm.

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